2015 Once & Future Wine Mataro Oakley Road Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Contra Costa County
Drink between 2019 - 2028 (Edit)
CT92.3 17 reviews
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  • tomlee wrote: 93 points

    November 3, 2019 - Ruby red in color. 14% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, plums and coffee. Full bodied with strong acidity. Dark and brooding. Black cherry, black raspberry, barbecued meats and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Awesome Mataro but there is some upside here if you can hang on to your bottles longer than I did. Best over the next 3-5 years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Rieslingfan wrote:

    September 10, 2019 - No real plan for opening this, but it was close at hand.

    Divine providence!

    Wide open, stuffed with dark fruit, warm herbal tones, and a hint of meatiness that will surely expand in time. This was shockingly easy to drink, with every element in line. It caressed the palate until the very end when the tannins crept in. It was all I could do to not drink up the whole bottle, but it was in fact a weeknight. Morning alarm clocks don't care if the wine is delicious.

  • RichEB1 wrote: flawed

    March 10, 2019 - Wanted to check in prior to the upcoming release, but sadly this was corked. Only 1 left so decided to open a 15 Frank's Block Teldeschi zin instead which was incredible!

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • risaacs Likes this wine:

    March 20, 2018 - Very young, hold for a few more years at least.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • DrewGoin Likes this wine:

    February 14, 2018 - The temptation of savoring a CoCo Mourvedre (er, Mataro) from legendary Zinfandel master Joel Peterson undermined my intentions of holding off the popping of the Once & Future "Oakley Road" Mataro. Yes, the grapes came from the Del Barba Vineyard but, as there appear to be more than one "Del Barba" property in Oakley, I appreciate the clarification this wine's moniker provides.

    I opened the bottle and poured a glass out 24 hours before tasting, hoping to allow the wine sufficient time to show its best. Even so, I must preface my tasting impression with the advice of giving the "Oakley Road" Mataro a few more years before tasting. This is a very well-made red wine, surpassing most Contra Costa bottlings I have enjoyed in the past.

    The Once & Future Mataro teeters between medium- and full-bodied. The nose is slightly reticent at the moment, although I smell dark berries, plum, and a little oak. The wine is mouth-filling. Some of the flavors remain unresolved at this point. I taste dark, rich raspberries, blackberries, and black cherries, as well as some of the oak notes present in the nose. The acidity is just enough to maintain structure while, for the most part, this is a seamless bottle of wine. I applaud the winemaker for this balancing act. The alcohol, though slightly detectable, is in no way intrusive. The distinctive flavors of a Contra Costa Mourvedre last for a long time after each sip.

    Once & Future's "Oakley Road" Mataro is a young 20-months since its bottling. It would not be a unforgivable to open one now, but I suggest it be paired with a grilled ribeye steak or a dry-rubbed rack of pork ribs. Better yet, allow this top-notch old-vine red to age a few more years. I firmly believe further cellaring will benefit the unfolding of this rare Mataro's components.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Antonio Galloni
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Once & Future Wine
  • Varietal Mataro
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Oakley Road Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Contra Costa County

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  • Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
  • In Cellars 250 (75%)
  • Consumed 83 (25%)

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